Nikolay Osadchiy grew up in Tula, Russia, a town 120 miles south of Moscow. Tula does not jump off the map, but it is the hometown of Leo Tolstoy, author of two of the world’s great novels: War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
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When faculty members want help crafting a syllabus or using technology to enhance the learning experience, they call on Jackie Conner, director of academic affairs and instructional design (ID). Conner leads the instructional design team that works behind the scenes to support faculty and make the classroom experience seamless.
It’s Saturday afternoon, and Peter Topping, associate professor in the practice of organization & management, is outside the Executive MBA Program lounge in the Goizueta Foundation Center building. He’s preparing to explain the Birkman Method to a small but vested group: the partners of his executive MBA students.
Taking the plunge and diving into unknown waters is par for the course to Ray Hill. As a young academic, he advised on economic policy in Washington while teaching, eventually being lured away from Princeton University to take on the then-uncharted territory of investment banking in China and broader Asia.